MOTHER ADMITS TO BEATING THAT LED TO STEPCHILD’S DEATH

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Cape Town – A mother-of-three accused of beating her three-year-old stepdaughter, resulting in her death, told the Western Cape High Court that at no point did she feel the need to stop.

Anthea Kleynhans wanted to punish Lache Stols, three, she told the court.

Kleynhans beat Lache with a belt. The beating led to the child’s death. Kleynhans was charged with murder, child abuse and assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm.

In her plea explanation Kleynhans said she didn’t intend to kill Lache and pleaded not guilty to the charges. She pleaded guilty to common assault.

Lache died on arrival at the hospital due to multiple injuries.

On Wednesday Kleynhans told the court after the beating the toddler was still awake and “looked okay”.

“She walked with me to the room to go and dress her.

“I was still drunk when I was beating the child. I can’t say how long the beating lasted. I used a belt only. I was angry at that stage, I thought I wanted to punish her. I didn’t feel the need to stop,” she said.

On the day of the incident Kleynhans said she had drunk three quarts of Black Label beer, 500ml of vodka and juice and another 500ml of whiskey and water.

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